Project:  Snowmen Table Runner

Created by Deb Antonick, Helping Artist

Deb Antonick is a Canadian artist whose love of painting started in the late 1990s. She has taught classes at Michaels for five years and in the last two years, her passion has grown into designing and publishing. Inspired by Terrye French, Deb is part of a large group of worldwide designers who publish their designs at www.paintingwithfriends.blogspot.com

This whimsical table runner features a family of loving snowpeople, sharing a sweet hug among the falling snowflakes.

DecoArt supplies

SoSoft Fabric Paint

  • DSS83 Ivory
  • DSS01 White
  • DSS58 Baby Blue Deep
  • DSS13 True Blue
  • DSS38 Soft Red
  • DSS78 Crimson
  • DSS93 Bittersweet Orange
  • DSS87 Wisteria
  • DSS32 Dioxazine Purple
  • DSS92 Bright Yellow

SoSoft Fine Glitter

  • DSSG08 Purple Passion
  • DSSG10 Celebration Pink
  • DSSG03 Sizzling Red
  • DSSG04 Tiger Orange
  • DSSG11 Sapphire Blue
  • DSSG09 Ice Crystal

SoSoft Mediums

  • DSF1 Transparent Medium

Additional supplies

Surfaces

Supplies

  • #2 flat brush
  • #6 flat brush
  • #12 flat brush
  • 1/4″ angle shader brush
  • 1/2″ angle shader brush
  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • fine-point black permanent marker (like Identi-Pen or Sharpie)
  • graphite paper
  • tracing paper
  • stylus
  • paper towels

Preparation

  1. If your table runner material is not already suitable for painting (or if you are unsure of your surface), wash and dry the fabric before use. Do not us any fabric softener in the washer or the dryer, as doing so will create a coating on the fabric.
  2. Iron the fabric flat.
  3. Trace the design onto the fabric with graphite paper. Be sure to trace all the design elements.
  4. Use fine-point marker to ink the design.

Instructions

Snowmen bodies

  1. Starting with the first snowman’s head, take a clean 1/2″ angle shader brush and dip it into the Transparent Medium, then coat the whole head. This is a clear medium, so it is OK to go over the edges.
  2. With the brush still wet with the medium, pick up a little bit of Ivory and basecoat the head. Try not to cover the nose or any other elements that will end up a different color. Try not to cover up the inked lines, although they can always be touched up later after the project is completed and dry.
  3. The basecoat does not need to be perfect, and allowing the background to show through adds to the finished look.
  4. Once you have basecoated the head with Ivory, corner load the same brush with Baby Blue Deep and shade the left side of the head. Pat the shading in softly to blend.
  5. Clean the brush with water and dry well with paper towel.
  6. Dress the brush with Transparent Medium, corner load into the White, and float the highlight on the right side of the snowman’s head. Pat to blend.
  7. Deepen the Baby Blue Deep shading now with True Blue.
  8. Brighten the White highlights with more White.
  9. After the head is complete, repeat the process for each part of the snowman’s body.
  10. Repeat the steps above for the other two smaller snowmen.

Snowmen faces

  1. Softly pat in the cheeks with soft red.
  2. Basecoat the nose with Bittersweet Orange, then shade with Crimson.
  3. Dot the eyes and mouth with Lamp Black. Dot the cheeks and add a sparkle in the eyes with White.

Scarf

  1. Referring to the photo for color placement, basecoat the wider stripes with Dioxazine Purple.
  2. Basecoat the narrow stripes with Bright Yellow, and shade with Bittersweet Orange.
  3. Dot the scarf fringe with Dioxazine Purple. While the dots are still wet, lightly and quickly drag a brush through the dots to create the fringe. Using Wisteria, add a smaller dot to the middle of the first dots.

Buttons

  1. Referring to the photo for color placement, basecoat one button on each snowman with Bright Yellow. Shade with Crimson and highlight with White.
  2. Again referring to the photo for color placement, basecoat one button on each snowman with Baby Blue Deep. Shade with True Blue and highlight with White.
  3. Basecoat remaining buttons with Wisteria. Shade with Dioxazine Purple and highlight with White.

Hearts

  1. Basecoat all the hearts (including the necklaces) with Soft Red. Shade with Crimson. Float a highlight in the upper right corners with White.

Frosty effect

  1. Mix a small amount of White and very little of the Transparent Medium on brush to create an almost drybrush effect.
  2. Using the photo as a guide, drybrush white on the snowman bodies, especially the bottoms of the snowmen.
  3. Drybrush a white highlight on the scarf and the upper right corner of the buttons and the hearts.

Glitter

  1. Using the coordinating SoSoft Fine Glitter, float over all of the shading. Dress the brush first in Transparent Medium and then pick up the glitter. The Ice Crystal really makes the bodies sparkle.
  2. Add a little color into the background by first brushing a good amount of the Transparent Medium onto the background then brushing a little bit of glitter into the medium. When it dries, it only leaves a hint of color.

Snowflakes

  1. Draw in all the snowflakes and snow with the fine-point marker.
  2. Add dots of White to small flakes and points of large flakes.

Border

  1. With a ruler and the fine-point marker, draw a 1/2″ border around the table runner. Draw in 1/2″ checks.
  2. Basecoat the checks, alternating between White and Baby Blue Deep.

Helpful hints

Use the “shading dots” on the pattern as a guide for shading.

It is important to not use water for this project, but use Transparent Medium instead. Your brush will be dressed in the medium during the whole painting process. The only time you’ll use water is to clean your brushes between colors.

The project is painted using the wet-on-wet process so you will be painting (basecoat, shade, and highlight) each element separately (head, arm, etc.) Very little paint is required — a little goes a long way.

Patterns

Click on the pattern below to view it full-size for printing.